There’s still a part of Egypt that demands freedom, rights and dignity — as opposed to the sell-off of the country, symbolized by the sale of the Tiran and Sanafir islands to the Saudi petromonarchy. This Egypt, which President-dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi describes as an “evil power,” stood up to the thousands of police and soldiers deployed by the regime to crush protests in Cairo on Monday.
This Egypt won.
The number of participants in the demonstration does not matter. What matters is the renewed willingness of so many Egyptians, regardless of the hundreds of preventive arrests made by the police in recent days, to revive the spirit of the revolution that began on Jan. 25, 2011, against another dictator, Hosni Mubarak. The regime, Sudarsan Raghavan wrote three days ago in The Washington Post, now wants to remove the Tahrir Square revolution from school books, as if it never took place, as well as the massacre of pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators three years ago in Cairo.